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An endermite is the smallest hostile mob. An endermite may spawn when a player throws an ender pearl. They attack by biting the player. Endermen are hostile toward endermites.


Endermites have a 5% chance to spawn when a player-thrown ender pearl lands. They spawn at the player's original position when the pearl lands‌[Java Edition only], or at the pearl's landing site‌[Bedrock Edition only].

An endermite despawns within 2 minutes, regardless of the player's distance, except for when it has been named with a name tag.


Endermites drop 3 experience orbs when killed by a player or tamed wolf.


Endermites attack players within 16 blocks and become hostile toward any mob if it attacks an endermite.

Endermen attack an endermite within 64 blocks.

Endermites attack iron golems and endermen in Bedrock Edition.

As arthropods, endermites are affected by the Bane of Arthropods enchantment.

Endermites are suffocated by the soul sand when stepped on.


Java Edition:
Endermites use the Hostile Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Endermite scuttlesHostile CreaturesRandomlyentity.endermite.ambientsubtitles.entity.endermite.ambient1.00.8-1.216
Endermite diesHostile CreaturesWhen an endermite diesentity.endermite.deathsubtitles.entity.endermite.death1.00.8-1.216
Endermite hurtsHostile CreaturesWhen an endermite is damagedentity.endermite.hurtsubtitles.entity.endermite.hurt1.00.8-1.216
FootstepsHostile CreaturesUnused sound event[sound 1]entity.endermite.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. MC-117609 — Silverfish and Endermites don't make footstep sounds or subtitles

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Hostile CreaturesRandomlymob.endermite.say1.00.8-1.2
Hostile CreaturesWhen an endermite diesmob.endermite.kill1.00.8-1.2
Hostile CreaturesWhen an endermite is damagedmob.endermite.hit1.00.8-1.2
Hostile CreaturesWhile an endermite is walkingmob.endermite.step0.151.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierEntity tags (JE)Translation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

Endermites have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
      • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  Lifetime: How long the endermite has existed in ticks. Disappears when this reaches around 2400.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-rawMonster Hunter
Kill any hostile monster AdventureKill one of these 34 mobs: Only the riders of the chicken jockeys and skeleton horsemen are counted in this advancement. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_a_mob
Advancement-fancy-rawIt Spreads
Kill a mob near a Sculk Catalyst Monster HunterKill one of these 70 mobs near a sculk catalyst: Mobs that drop no experience are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_mob_near_sculk_catalyst
Advancement-fancy-rawMonsters Hunted
Kill one of every hostile monster Monster HunterKill each of these 34 mobs: Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for this advancement. Only the riders of the chicken jockeys and skeleton horsemen are counted in this advancement.adventure/kill_all_mobs


Java Edition
1.814w11aEndermite Revision 1 Added endermites.
Endermen are hostile to endermites.
Endermites have a 15% chance of spawning when an enderman teleports (with that chance decreasing by 1 percentage point per endermite spawn) and a 5% chance to spawn when a player uses an ender pearl.
Endermites have a texture of a purple silverfish.
14w11bEndermites no longer despawn when named with a name tag.
14w17aEndermite Revision 2 Endermites now have a unique model.
Endermen are no longer hostile to non-pearl-spawned endermites.
14w28aEndermites no longer spawn from endermen.
1.1116w32aThe endermite's entity ID has been changed from Endermite to endermite.
1.15Pre-Release 3Endermites no longer suffocate in soul sand.
1.1720w46aEndermen are now again hostile to non-pearl-spawned endermites.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha Revision 2 Added endermites.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Endermite Revision 2 Added endermites.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Endermite Revision 2 Added endermites.


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